Mending Canada's Employment Insurance Quilt: The Case for Restoring Equity

16 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2011

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Colin Busby

C.D. Howe Institute

David M. Gray

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2, 2011

Abstract

Under the current Employment Insurance (EI) system, long-lasting EI benefits are more easily accessed in regions with high unemployment rates than in regions with low unemployment rates where workers face tighter restrictions to access short-lived benefits. This complicated screening procedure, intended to better support the various circumstances facing unemployed workers across the country, creates a number of undesirable consequences: the most glaring being pockets of high, chronic unemployment. The goals and intentions of the EI regime should be simplified to better address the needs of Canada’s unemployed workers.

Keywords: Social Policy, Canada, employment insurance (EI), EI reforms

JEL Classification: J6, J65, J68

Suggested Citation

Busby, Colin and Gray, David M., Mending Canada's Employment Insurance Quilt: The Case for Restoring Equity (November 2, 2011). C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, No. 144, November 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1969095

Colin Busby (Contact Author)

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

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David M. Gray

University of Ottawa - Department of Economics ( email )

200 Wilbrod Street
P.O. Box 450, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

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